Conch houses of Key West

A typical Key West architecture. House at Whitehead St., Key West.

What is a conch house? Early settlers of the Florida Keys built their homes of a molter made from sand, water, and lime. The settlers obtained their lime by burning conch shells. Having no building stones or bricks, but an abundance of conch shells the settlers often utilized the shell itself in constructing their houses. Thus the term "conch" house had its beginning. Later, wooden homes built by settlers and ship's carpenters utilizing a blend of architectural styles took on the name of conch houses. ( from ).

Nikon D80
Sigma 10-20
Polar. filter
Manfrotto tripod + head
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ISO 100
Aperture f9,5
Exposure 1/8sec